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Prosecutor says deputies didn’t use excessive force in Wal-Mart arrest

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Greenville County sheriff’s deputy did not use excessive force during the arrest of a man at a Wal-Mart that was captured on video.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins told local media outlets Thursday he initially thought the deputy may have acted inappropriately but reconsidered after interviewing witnesses. Wilkins says the officer had been on leave and resigned Wednesday.

Videos posted online earlier this year appeared to show officers punching 32-year-old Sandon Sierad several times after he was shocked with a Taser. Surveillance cameras showed deputies spent nearly 30 minutes trying to subdue him.

Deputies said Sierad was acting erratically and tried to take a knife from an officer. He was charged with assault and battery. Sierad’s attorney says his client is a veteran and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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